Undoing Internalized Ableism Cohort (Fall 2023)

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Undoing Internalized Ableism Cohort (Fall 2023)

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We will lead a cohort of disabled people who are currently engaged in social justice work through a workshop series designed to develop knowledge and skills (peer support, self-advocacy, practicing access, and more) to navigate internalized ableism. This is not apolitical or completely individual. Participants will work with each other to find ways we can make the work of undoing internalized ableism a collective process and use what is learned in movement work beyond the cohort.

The graphic for the offering, "Undoing Internalized Ableism." The graphic has a blue background with the PeoplesHub logo in the top left corner. Across the top left of the graphic in yellow text is the title of the offering. Below that, in black is the text "Applications Closed". Below that is white subtext that says, "Our goal is for disabled people to support one another so we can effectively contribute to movements without killing ourselves to do so and be able to decide for ourselves how we can push each other to meet the demands of what is happening to us. We want cohort members to leave with the tools, skills, and analysis to support other disabled people in undoing internalized ableism." Below that, in black bolded text, are the dates and times for the sessions, which you can find below. At the bottom of the graphic set in white says "More Info + Apply," and the link:"
Dates and Times

This event is a cohort and we are asking those accepted to make commitments to the following dates/sessions:

Meet & Greet
Fri, Sept 22, 6-7pm ET

Session 1: Orientation
Sat, Sept 23, 12-4pm ET

Session 2: Self Advocacy Skills P1
Thurs, Sept 28, 3-5pm ET 

Session 3: Self Advocacy Skills P2
Thurs, Oct 5, 3-5pm ET

1:1 Check-ins: Week of Oct 9-13

Session 4: Collective Care
Thurs, Oct 19, 3-5pm ET

Session 5: Disability Liberation
Thurs, Oct 26, 3-6pm ET

Program Full-Description

Internalized ableism is something that every disabled person deals with and for many it is the reason that they don’t identify and/or participate in struggles for disabled liberation. Our movements rarely have a sophisticated approach to undoing ableism generally and almost never have a focus on internalized ableism. Because of this, there are very few structured accessible spaces to do this work collectively. Our goal is for disabled people to support one another so we can effectively contribute to movements without killing ourselves to do so and be able to decide for ourselves how we can push each other to meet the demands of what is happening to us. If we don’t figure out how to make this a part of our fight against ableism, then we will have more generations of disabled people feeling unworthy and/or not engaging with movements altogether. Collective liberation is only possible with the full participation and self-determination of disabled people in our communities and movements.

Participants will leave with..


  • Theory of how internalized ableism impacts us
  • Able to recognize internalized ableism 
  • Understanding disability as a place to organize from
  • Have experience of an accessible and supportive space
  • How other disabled people work to undo internalized ableism 


  • Able to discern what can be handled individually vs. what needs to involve community or organizing
  • Able to delineate between what you have control of/or not is important 
  • Have tools for self-advocacy
  • Skills to work with it collectively, in particular addressing it in movement spaces. 
  • Peer support skills to navigate hard conversations and feelings


  • People not feeling shitty about themselves - shifting blame to systems/oppression 
  • People not feeling alone - having more peers who can help engage in it
  • Feeling less overwhelmed and being inspired to begin
  • Feeling a sense of disabled identity grounded in movement history
  • Believe that accessible spaces are possible and have more hope/expectation this can happen

Going beyond:

  • Develop a peer community during the workshops
  • Create ways to have these conversations in an ongoing way beyond these workshops.
  • orgs or work people can plug into including care clinics — have prepared resources for folks

Who is this program for?

This program is only for disabled people, however, we recognize that people don’t claim disability identities for various reasons. If you’re wondering if this program is for you, here are a couple of ways of thinking about what disability is: Americans with Disabilities Act definition | World Health Organization definition. We all use different language, that’s fine, what we have in common is that our needs are considered outside of the norm and we’re not being supported to participate.


AI captioning will be provided

Access requests, including interpretation and captioners, can be made during registration or by emailing Dustin Gibson at  Requests for interpreters and captioners that are made less than 48 hours before the event typically are more difficult to meet. We will try and notify you if we cannot secure requested access.

Issues with Application?

If you have questions about this offering or technical needs applying for this series, please contact registration support.

Program People
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The cost of this series is $700, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.